Hinsdale man told police he killed ex after argument

Michael Boulais, 32, is arraigned in Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield on Tuesday on one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend, Kassedi Clark, 24.

PITTSFIELD — "I just killed my ex."

That was part of an approximately six-minute 911 call Michael Boulais reportedly made moments after fatally shooting Kassedi Clark in his Hinsdale driveway.

Clark, 24, had come to pick up their children, Boulais later told police, and he shot her after they got into an argument.

Boulais, 32, is being held without bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday morning to one count of murder.

About a dozen people attended the proceeding in Central Berkshire District Court. At least two shouted at Boulais as he was led out of the courtroom and back into a holding cell.

"F---ing coward!" one shouted. "I hope you rot!" another yelled.

Documents released as part of Tuesday's arraignment detail the moments during and after the slaying of Clark, a nursing student at Berkshire Community College and mother of four children with Boulais.

About 8:45 a.m. Friday, police received a 911 call from a man who identified himself as Boulais and said he just had killed his ex-girlfriend.

Boulais sounded "panic-stricken," police said, and was possibly vomiting throughout the call.

Police found Boulais on the ground in the driveway of 53 Ashmere Drive, near the passenger side of a parked 2010 Dodge Journey SUV, holding a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Officers persuaded him to drop the gun, and took him into custody.

The gun, which was registered to Boulais, had an empty magazine inside. He was carrying a second, fully-loaded magazine in his pocket.

Clark was found in the passenger seat of the car, with gunshot wounds to her head and body. An officer checked for a pulse and found none.

While being taken into custody, Boulais told police, "I shot her; she was going to take everything. I should have shot myself. What did I do? I shot her."

Boulais was taken to Berkshire Medical Center before being taken to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction for booking.

While at the hospital, Boulais told police he and Clark had been in a dating relationship for about nine years. During that time, he said, they had numerous arguments that escalated into physical violence.

On Friday, Clark had arrived at the house and was waiting outside to pick up the children.

Boulais told police he opened the passenger door of the car to speak to Clark, and the conversation turned into an argument, during which, he said, Clark verbally assaulted him.

Boulais lost his temper, pulled the 9 mm from the small of his back, loaded a round in the chamber and opened fire on Clark until the magazine was empty, police said. He was carrying a second, fully-loaded magazine in his pocket.

An autopsy performed Sunday at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke determined that Clark died from multiple gunshot wounds to her head, torso and upper extremities.

Christina Wynn, dean of enrollment management at BCC, said the school was made aware of Clark's death Friday.

"We are very deeply heartbroken and shocked by the news," she said at the time.

A post on Clark's public Facebook page, dated March 23, reads, "Life is too short and I see that with every passing day."

Authorities have not identified the number of children in the home, or their relationships to the pair, but did say caseworkers from the Department of Children and Families were contacted to provide assistance to the children.

A woman who identified herself as Clark's cousin told The Eagle there were five children living in the home, four of whom were Clark and Boulais'; the fifth was Boulais' child from a different relationship.

Boulais, who is being represented by Northampton-based attorney Marissa Elkins, is due back in court May 16 for a pretrial hearing.

Clark, who loved being a nurse, was studying to be a midwife and expected to graduate in 2019, according to her best friend, Crystal Provencher. 

Provencher, 23, said that Clark would go out of her way to help those in need, whether it be her friends or total strangers. 

"She loved with her whole heart," Provencher said. "[She has] pulled over on the side of the road to take the jacket off her back and the few dollars out of her pocket to give to a homeless man sitting on the side of the road with a sign." 

Clark's biggest accomplishment was her children, who are in the care of family members, Provencher said Tuesday. 

Clark's death is the latest in a series of recent cases of women in the region killed by their husbands.

- In September, Timothy Gill, of Pittsfield, was ordered to be committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the December 2015 murder of his wife, Halena.

- Charles "Chad" Reidy, remains the lone suspect in the slaying of his wife, Joanne "Jo" Ringer, in 2017. Ringer's remains were found almost exactly a year after her March 2 disappearance. Reidy, of Clarksburg, took his life in April 2017.

- Mark Steele-Knudslien of North Adams continues to be held without bail on a charge of murder for allegedly killing his wife, Christa, in early January 2018. His case remains open.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.